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Opteka SB-1 Universal Studio Soft Box Flash Diffuser for Canon EOS, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony, Sigma, & Other External Flash Units
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- Universal Studio Soft Box Flash Diffuser
- Provides soft even flash illumination
- One size fits all. Attaches with the included velcro strap and grip band
- Folds down flat for easy storage and portability
- Dimensions: 3.5" X 5"
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|Item Dimensions||6.5 x 5 x 0.5 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.15 pounds|
A dramatic, eye catching photo can mean dramatic profits. Getting a well exposed photo is extremely important. Photographers often turn to a flash to help light the scene. The problem is that flash can cause harsh reflections or glare spots or create deep shadows that distract viewers. This little, portable universal external flash diffuser will prevent those problems when using a flash. Simply put the unit over the camera's flash, point and shoot. The light will be softened and your photos will be well exposed, without the harsh glare spots.
Top Customer Reviews
I know some say they could probably make something like this on their own. That's probably true. For this amount of money though, it's not worth making your own unless you just want to or have a specific reason for doing so. It works great. It does make a noticeable difference in how it works with a flash.
If you lace the belt through all 4 sides, you will have an issue. If you leave the one side unlaced, it works great. You can lace two opposing flaps, and this will work too. It might not seal so perfectly like a studio soft box will. It's not a big deal as its only a flash with a sealed reflector. It does in fact diffuse the light more effectively and will take out any glare you might have otherwise.
As far as what this softens and doesn't, it's relative. If you have a harsh hot spot from your flash, this will remedy that and give you a more diffuse glow. That I can attest too. As far as shadows go, they are softer. It's not really dramatic but they are a little bit less harsh. When you take pics on your display and/or go to edit, you'll see the difference.
Pros: It's cheap! It works. You can wrap this around a single 23W CFL and use it as a diffuser too if need be! I've tried that. This thing folds up nice and easy. You won't loose a whole heck of a lot of luminescence with this thing either. When I go it, I put it on the table first thing-in the middle of some ciggie ashes I didn't know about. I don't smoke so I don't think of these things. I got a lovely bunch of soot all in the middle of the diffuser material. I took a moist sponge to it, and it came right out with no effort. So if you get some sort of debris there, it's very easy to clean. It's like a shower curtain material in texture on the diffuser mesh itself.
Cons: With my particular flash, it won't allow me to go below 15 degrees on the tilt. However, it makes little if any difference at that point. A heads up on the lacing might have been nice but easy enough to figure out. It doesn't stay square when you wrap it around the rubber band. It's a little lopsided no matter what you do. However, it doesn't interfere with the functionality of the flash itself. So on that, it's negligible unless that appearance is a big deal to someone.
I would recommend this. It's cheap. It's effective.